Kids Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

Common Signs of Common School Ailments

Gastroenteritis

This is one of the more common stomach and intestinal illnesses, which can be caused by bacteria, a virus, or parasites. Some of the common symptoms may include:
 
 
This is probably what people most often refer to as the "flu," even though it isn't really the flu at all. While some of the symptoms may be similar to flu symptoms, gastroenteritis usually infects the colon or intestines. Antibiotics may be helpful if the illness is caused by bacteria or parasites.
 
Notify your child's healthcare provider right away if your child starts clutching their right side or complains of pain that doesn't subside after being given pain relievers. These may be signs of appendicitis, and your child may need to seek immediate medical treatment to prevent the appendix from rupturing.
 

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

This contagious viral illness commonly affects infants and young children. In general, HFMD typically affects children younger than five years old.
 
Some signs of HFMD include:
 
  • Fever
  • Reduced appetite
  • Sore throat
  • Painful sores in the mouth; in particular, blisters on the tongue and gums (these last four to six days)
  • A rash with flat red spots on the hands and feet that is not usually itchy.
 
This illness is not usually serious and has no specific treatment. Fever and pain can be relieved using over-the-counter products, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You can help prevent the risk of this infection by practicing good hygiene.
 
Children with HFMD are typically most contagious during the first week of the illness. Once you have this illness, you are likely to develop immunity to the specific virus that causes the infection.
 
It's worth noting that hand, foot, and mouth disease is not the same as foot and mouth disease (hoof and mouth disease), which affects pigs, sheep, and cattle. Humans cannot catch the animal disease and vice versa.
 
A Dose of Reassurance for Parents of Picky Eaters

Common School Questions

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.